What makes a city gay? I have no idea. In fact, if the magazine the Advocate knows its stuff, I REALLY am clueless because I just learned I live in the second gayest city in America. Surprise Pasadena! Whatdya know, after the parade passes by, the bloom is not off the rose!
Actually, the more I think about it, the fact I never gave much thought to Pasadena being so gay friendly is evidence that it is. After reading the article and talking to a gay friend of mine, Pasadena is just a pretty inclusive place. It doesn't try to hard—doesn't scream, "Hey LGBT community, come party with us!" Just the opposite, it's a city where you may find more gay and lesbian couples than singles; a city that is known for at least two churches that welcome gay members. Between Cal Tech and JPL, it's filled with academics and highly educated people who, broadly speaking, tend to skew more liberal. And, as my friend wryly pointed out, it's got great architecture!
My colleague, Lauren Sivan, was assigned the story. She asked me if I could help her with contacts and I realized I knew plenty of people she could call. I never thought to categorize them in my Contacts as "Gay friends". That's probably one reason the magazine likes Pas. It's not balkanized. It didn't set out to support one community over another. Or maybe I'm just reaching and this really has to do with the addiction magazines have for making lists. And considering West Hollywood didn't even make it into the Advocate's top 25, maybe Pasadena shouldn't take its new ranking to the bank just yet.